Driver charged with DWI after motorcycle crash at Bagnell Dam results in pair of injuries

Lake Sun Leader

A Kaiser man was charged with driving while intoxicated early Thursday morning after crashing his motorcycle at Bagnell Dam. 

A Missouri State Highway Patrol report states that Tretch Lawrence, 44, failed to negotiate a curve heading eastbound, struck a curb and was ejected from his Harley Davidson along with Carrie Lawrence, 43, also of Kaiser. Tretch was not reported to be wearing a safety device, was seriously injured and was airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia. Carrie, who was wearing a safety device, was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital to treat moderate injuries. 

In addition to being charged with a felony DWI, Tretch was also charged with failure to maintain the right half of the roadway, driving without insurance, operating a motorcycle without an approved helmet and failure to register a motor vehicle. 

The Harley Davidson was totaled and towed from the scene.